Tallinn, Estonia.......Medieval Gem

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Estonian Crest.....related to the Swedish Crest.

After leaving Riga we continued our Baltic journey by bus to Tallinn.  It is like a fairytale city with large sections of medieval city walls, turrets, and gates still in place.  They have the best intacted medieval city walls in Europe.  The entire old town has been declared a UNESCO heritage site.  We really enjoyed just strolling through the streets.

The museum in the Old Town Hall was excellent.  We learned a great deal about the city.  What they have done to save and preserve the building is remarkable.

WOW!.....so many turrets. The original medieval wall surrounding Talinn
  The Citizen’s Hall has been restored to a state of grandeur and is still used for concerts and meetings.  The views from the attic were excellent.

We took a Funky Bike Tour.  It goes off the normal, tourist beaten path.  We got to see the train station and some areas that are in transition.  We visited a flea market and the guide gave us 5 Kroon (about $0.47) and we were to find something funky.  Brian brought back a set of large safety pins.  Rob found a plastic Wilma Flintstone and Hippo waiter toy from cereal boxes.  Unfortunately, neither of these was funky enough to win.

We continued the tour around a Soviet prison that is no longer used.  It was only closed in 2003 because deadly mold was discovered there.  Since the prison was closed we toured half of the Estonian submarine fleet that is now decommissioned.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and a bit of the medieval wall
  It was a really cool submarine.  Rob was fortunate to only hit his head once.  The guide (a former member of the Estonian Navy) informed us the Navy’s major function now is to find and destroy mines in the Baltic Sea.  Since they placed them there it is only fair they take care of them.  After riding through some rough areas around the docks we re-entered the city.  We learned some about the ferry accident that occurred off the coast.  There is a large memorial to the MS Estonia which sank in 1994 killing 852 people. We returned to the beginning across many cobble stones and past the drive-up confessional and section of the city wall that was entered in the recent 7 wonders of the world contest.

Both mornings we had a nice breakfast at a restaurant called Pegasus.  We also got a much needed milk shake fix at Pizza Americana.We went to the Upper Town near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Domed Church (Toomkirik).  There are vantage points to look out over the city.  We took some amazing cityscape shots from there.  While Brian was snapping photos, a man tried to sell Rob some CD’s of traditional Estonian music and war songs.  Brian got the great pictures and Rob passed on the CD’s.  We watched a beautiful sunset and then crashed for the evening.

 

 Our next stop was across the Gulf of Finland in Helsinki.

sarahsan says:
What a great day you had! Tallinn is beautiful! The highlight on my first trip there was a 2 day stay with the nuns in a monastery in the old town! Found an article in a newspaper about staying at the monastery!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
karolaina says:
So cool to here that u enjoyed Estonia.. cuz as I am originally from there its always a pleasure to here such compliments :)
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
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Estonian Crest.....related to the …
Estonian Crest.....related to the…
WOW!.....so many turrets.
The ori…
WOW!.....so many turrets. The or…
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and a…
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and …
Kunginga 1 (Bishops House)Documen…
Kunginga 1 (Bishop's House)Docume…
Niguliste Muuseum
Built in 1523, …
Niguliste Muuseum Built in 1523,…
Baroque detail on Niguliste Museum
Baroque detail on Niguliste Museum
Doorway in Vanalinn (old town)
Doorway in Vanalinn (old town)
Doorway in Vanalinn (old town)
Doorway in Vanalinn (old town)
Dragon detail on the Tallinn town …
Dragon detail on the Tallinn town…
Peaceful protest in the old town c…
Peaceful protest in the old town …
Thomas The original weathervane fr…
Thomas The original weathervane f…
Arch detail in city hall
Arch detail in city hall
Door to council chamber in cityhall
Door to council chamber in cityhall
Cart selling cinnamon sugar nuts
Cart selling cinnamon sugar nuts
Spices for sale in a cooking store
Spices for sale in a cooking store
Oude Hansa (cafe) we had lunch at.
Oude Hansa (cafe) we had lunch at.
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
Stone baroque building in Vannalin…
Stone baroque building in Vannali…
Estonian baroque detail
Estonian baroque detail
Picturesque view of cityhall
Picturesque view of cityhall
Flower in vannalinn
Flower in vannalinn
Decorative sign for a cafe
Decorative sign for a cafe
The Viru varav city gate
The Viru varav city gate
The Viru varav city gate
The Viru varav city gate
Panel on side of building Near St.…
Panel on side of building Near St…
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
In c…
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church In …
St. Olafs church, once the talles…
St. Olaf's church, once the talle…
Turrets of Tallinns medieval wall.
Turrets of Tallinn's medieval wall.
Tallinn town center and town hall
Tallinn town center and town hall
Element of handcarved wood on 14th…
Element of handcarved wood on 14t…
Door in Vannalinn
Door in Vannalinn
Store sign
Store sign
Interesting architectual elements
Interesting architectual elements
Tallinn city museum
Tallinn city museum
Buildings as we walk through Vanna…
Buildings as we walk through Vann…
Buildings as we walk through Vanna…
Buildings as we walk through Vann…
Amazing details
Amazing details
More amazing details
More amazing details
Buildings as we walk through Vanna…
Buildings as we walk through Vann…
Amazing details
Amazing details
Amazing details
Amazing details
Buildings as we walk through Vanna…
Buildings as we walk through Vann…
Amazing details
Amazing details
Amazing details
Amazing details
Medieval clock
Medieval clock
14th century church
14th century church
Door knocker on front of 16th cent…
Door knocker on front of 16th cen…
Store sign
Store sign
Handmade pillows with Tallinn town
Handmade pillows with Tallinn town
Backstreet of Vannalinn
Backstreet of Vannalinn
Backstreet of Vannalinn
Backstreet of Vannalinn
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox …
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox…
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox …
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox…
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox …
Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox…
Quiet city square in uppertown
Quiet city square in uppertown
St. Marys Church (Toomkirik)
Fou…
St. Mary's Church (Toomkirik) Fo…
Tallinn Vannalinn and the Baltic S…
Tallinn Vannalinn and the Baltic …
Central Vannalinn and the top of t…
Central Vannalinn and the top of …
Some of the many medieval wall tur…
Some of the many medieval wall tu…
St. Nicholas Church
German mercha…
St. Nicholas Church German merch…
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Belltowers and spires of Tallinn
Belltowers and spires of Tallinn
Turrets galore
Turrets galore
Tallinn Vannalinn
Tallinn Vannalinn
Rob in Tallinn
Rob in Tallinn
Brian in Tallinn
Brian in Tallinn
Rob and Brian in the Magical kingd…
Rob and Brian in the Magical king…
St. Marys spire
St. Mary's spire
Manhole cover
Manhole cover
Tallinn
Tallinn
Tallinn
Tallinn
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
city center at town hall
city center at town hall
Rob in the bell tower at the town …
Rob in the bell tower at the town…
Cemetary???
Estonian minitary cem…
Cemetary??? Estonian minitary ce…
Former soviet prison.....creepy. I…
Former soviet prison.....creepy. …
Soviet sub....built in the 1930s
Soviet sub....built in the 1930's
Control room of sub
Control room of sub
upclose of soviet missle
upclose of soviet missle
Church to the Blessed Vigin with t…
Church to the Blessed Vigin with …
Riding along the medieval wall.
Riding along the medieval wall.
The smallest window in Tallinn
The smallest window in Tallinn
The most fantastic section of surv…
The most fantastic section of sur…
closer look
closer look
Intersting door of Tallinn
Intersting door of Tallinn
Castle in uppertown
Castle in uppertown
Flower in the garden at the Castle…
Flower in the garden at the Castl…
Interesting detail
Interesting detail
Tallinn Hotels & Accommodations review
In the attic in Tallinn but, there was a skylight
The hotel is just on the outside of the Castle wall near the tower with the Estonian flag. The hotel is in a renovated building so, it has character. … read entire review
Tallinn
photo by: Chokk